Quick and Easy Shepards Pie

One of my favorite recipes that I can remember from childhood was my mom’s shepards pie. I can remember eating two to three helpings of this yummy dish. But believe it or not I never even asked my mom for the recipe as much as I loved it. This Valentine’s Day we went to my mom’s. She made Shepard’s Pie and this time I stood in her kitchen and watched and learned step by step how to make this recipe. Now I am passing down this recipe to you but with a few short cuts. I hope you like it.

quick and easy Shepards Pie

Quick and Easy Shepard Pie


  • 2 packages of instant potatoes
  • 2 cans of corn (I used whole kernel because it was what I had on hand but you can use cream style)
  • 1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Make the instant potatoes according the directions on the package.
  3. Brown the ground turkey.
  4. Add the cans of corn to the ground turkey.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. In a 8x13 casserole pan add corn and the ground turkey mixture.
  7. Top with the potatoes. Swirl them around like you are frosting a cake.
  8. Add cheese to the top.
  9. Cook until brown or bubbling about 30 minutes.

I made a few changes to my mom’s recipe. I added ground turkey instead of ground beef because I have read that turkey is better for you. I also took a shortcut with my potatoes. Instead of making homemade mashed potatoes, I just used the instant potato packets and made them in the microwave cutting my cooktime and prep time down because I was able to do this when I was browning the ground beef.


I added more corn than she did because my youngest is not a big meat eater but she loves vegetables. I think next time I may add carrots or a can of the mixed vegetables as well.

This meal hit the spot and it was so quick and easy that I know I will be making it again in the near future with a few modifications that I mentioned above. Believe it or not we hardly had any leftovers and there was nothing thrown in the garbage because it sat in the refrigerator to long.

So tell me do you make Shepards Pie for your family? Is your recipe like mine? What do you do differently?

2 Comments on “Quick and Easy Shepards Pie

  1. Oh I like the idea of making shepherd’s pie with turkey- that is right down my alley! Thanks for sharing this recipe on the TALENTED TUESDAY link party Melissa! oh and ps your daughters are so pretty!

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